Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.06%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.06%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Pharmaceutical Industry , Gas & Water and Food sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.06% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Chiyoda Corp. (T: 6366 ), which rose 5.33% or 55.0 points to trade at 1087.0 at the close. Familymart Ltd (T: 8028 ) added 3.94% or 370.0 points to end at 9760.0 and Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 2269 ) was up 3.27% or 270.0 points to 8530.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Shinsei Bank, Ltd. (T: 8303 ), which lost 2.99% or 50.5 points to trade at 1639.0 in late trade. Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd. (T: 8802 ) declined 2.83% or 52.5 points to end at 1804.0 and Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd. (T: 4151 ) shed 2.73% or 66.0 points to 2352.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2418 to 940 and 198 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.93% to 17.92 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was down 0.08% or 0.05 to $66.17 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June fell 0.08% or 0.06 to hit $71.36 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.42% or 5.70 to trade at $1345.00 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.14% to 106.97, while EUR/JPY rose 0.02% to 132.63.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.10% at 89.05.

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